This clip is taken from the closing scene of the film ‘Juan’ – a modern re-telling of Mozart’s opera ‘Don Giovanni’. It was written and directed by Kasper Holten who is now the Artistic Director of The Royal Opera House in London. The lead is played by British baritone Christopher Maltman. Note: The film has a ‘15’ certificate but this clip has been deemed suitable for all audiences. Features the following concepts - opera, baritone, syllabic, descending, accompanied, orchestra.
Following this clip, learners could discuss the role of classical music in films, focusing on the exploration of character, mood, time, place, drama and tension. Another operatic piece could be studied in this context, such as ‘Habanera’ from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.